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CBS makes a bold, winning call in 'Thursday Night Football' premiere

The premiere of “Thursday Night Football” on CBS was a winner in my book before a second of the game between the Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers was played at M&T Bank Stadium.

Given the nuclear fallout all week from the TMZ video that showed Ray Rice beating his then-fiancée, CBS found itself about to launch one of the biggest productions in the history of the network in a highly emotional and totally unstable situation. In some ways, it was a situation without precedent for a TV sports operation.

The network...